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minute of thisire show. this is mike huckabee befrom new york saying good night and good bless. and stay tuned media buzz with howie kurtz comes up next. >> on the buzz meter this sunday, missing the mark. republican wes a mafs midterm victory. bigger and broader than most journalistes and pundits had expected. >> fox news can now project that republican joni ernst will win, there by giving republicans control of the united states senate. and dealing with amajor monthon.
some liberals held out hope for a goal line stand by the democrats. >> at the risk of being baghdad bob, i know it's tough now, but there is still a route to victory. >> is this a wave tonight? >> no. it's not close to a wave. >> but it was a republican wave. and other pendits grappled for explanations. andrea mitchell said democrats were dumb not to concentrate on the economy while the gop raised other issues. >> it was a scare tactic by the republican opponents of democratic incumbents who tried to focus on isis and ebola in the scariest most nonfactual ways to take the -- you know, the eye off -- >> where is the debate? >> -- real issues. >> the republicans on their way to winning control of the senate, it was time for some sweeping judgments. >> i think it was much less the doing of the republicans than it
was the self-destruction of the democrats. >> some commentators made excuses for the president while others faced reality. >> last night was a complete rejection of the president of the united states and what he stands for. you can't sugar coat it. >> after midnight, the mood at fox got a little giddy. >> i'm afraid to look. >> i am, too. >> wow. i mean, this is just -- >> howdy partners. >> oh, dear. >> he did it. >> really? >> yeah. i know i look ridiculous, but i figure by this time of the evening, either you're drunk or you have a sense of humor. >> joining us now to examine the coverage of the midterms and the aftermath, mary catherine hamm, anarena cox and david with the baltimore sun. mary catherine, giving the magnitude of this victory, you feel like mainstream media are giving republicans full credit
or are trying to minimize these results. >> i think there is a tendency to minimize it. before the election, i will never forgive the conventional wisdom for making us stumble through -- >> because he lost by 16 points? >> right. and the margins are what make this striking. i will say, rink there's a vision between local newspapers and local polls to figure out what was going on. then the endorsement of gardner in colorado and the endorsement of browner in illinois. there seems to be a division there. >> we'll come back to this question. the attempt at liberal stand, it's mostly red states, seem pretty lame. >> well, but those things are true. >> it's true, but -- >> if you get a different electorate, it's here. that is simply true. if it's not incorrect to point that out. the fact that whether or not the midterms matter, of course they matter. any party that loses can minimize their loss.
these are natural reactions. i think my problem with the coverage was that while democrats lost, a lot of democratic policies won. we had minimum wage pass in red states, pot passed in california. so i think that there was a tendency to look at the candidates as nothing but symbols of democratic policy when, really, there were actual policies on the ballots that wound up doing pretty well in that same white male electorate that elected republicans. >> time for a mini review. cnn had the most reporters on the ground, but -- >> you know they had jay carney and they really had -- and they used the former members of obama's administration and they let them constantly deny reality with no one. none of the journalists, except jay capper occasionally trying to knock them down. honestly, howie, i don't understand why they are still hiring.
they think they have somebody on the ride, somebody on the left. there were a lot of people on the left there. i don't care what you say. this guy was the line liar who lied for the administration. the most pressing administrations since nixon and this is the guy on cnn on election night telling you what it means? i don't think so. >> since you're polling your questions, let me move on quickly to msnbc. will you question part of the lineup, as well? >> yeah. the problem was there, you saw it, actually. andrea mitchell sitting next to al sharpton. same thing with chuck todd. they make no distinction between an activist like al sharpton and a journalist like chuck todd. so you have al sharpton praising the -- analyzing the race in pennsylvania saying how successful people were in getting people out to vote for the democratic policy and he's the activist who was getting them out to vote for the democratic party. that's outrageous. they so compromised their election night journalism. >> fox news, megan kelly, 6.6
million viewers. >> yeah. really, we have not made enough of those numbers. you and i go -- well, i go back to the late '70s when dan rather and cbs and nbc owned election night coverage. and we parsed them like they were covering the kremlin. how can that person have the second farthest? they owned it. to see this shift and to see fox now dominate the network is astonishing. what was it, only eight years ago, 10, 12 years ago, cnn owned cable election night coverage. to see these swammed by fox like this was a seismic shift. >> i didn't see that. i must say my favorite part of election nice is punch drunk coverage. >> that is true for the entire -- >> too bad they didn't go later. they would have even more than that. you mentioned the polling and my beef with this is you want to
>> i think media people need to become aware of how polling works. in college, i had to take statistics. i don't know why other people didn't before you do this for a living. >> and you're still ticked off about that. >> i also had a problem on election night. election night is not college football. early returns are not first quarter scores. you can't really tell what's going to happen early on. i had a lot of trouble with people saying that there was still hope when things started to become really clear. >> there is that division, like i said, of local newspapers and seeming to have a better bead on what was going on. >> yeah. the national polls, not so much. in your state, the maryland's governor's rate race, the data guru, the democratic lieutenant governor, anthony brown, a 94% chance of beating republican larry hogan. hogan won easily. nate silver says 94% chance.
>> yeah. and by 9.7 percentage points he was going to beat him and he lost by 5%. you couldn't be more wrong than that. i've seen interviews where instead of defending it sanely, the answer is, well, you know, the peasants out in maryland didn't poll enough and they had bad data. they never stopped polling or the polling they gave us was -- that was the explanation was got from these political journalists. >> the questions about polling on projection night came up on boomer tv. >> they were aufrl. i was really upset when they went after fox for calling the colorado race at 10:00. they went to five people, one of them was patti solace doyle, the other was bill burton and obama guy. doyle said they were wrong, a democrat was going win.
burton said, oh, this interferes with the electric tore process. 14 minutes later, ap confirmed what fox had said and then they said, oh, yeah, gardner won and they acted like nothing happened. forget the last 15 minutes where we've been trashing fox. let's turn to president obama. on face the nation, he was asked, do you like politicians? and obama had to insist that he does a lot of his job. why the press hammer him? there expectation in the press that when something like this happens, there should be an acknowledgement and there should be some order of change. there seems to be no shake-up forthcoming, there seems to be no look at gears. some left leaning columnist
s. >> i don't think he's in denial. i think he doesn't care. he's one of the happiest people in the world right now. he's done dealing with elections. i don't think the press has done much to earn hesitate respect. why should he change? i don't think the republican party is going to come in with a lot of change, either. i think we'll doing a lot opinion do you agree and do you agree media has done toern his respect and pro. >> but, yeah, the way that he was dealing with this, the president is going, hey, you're rm only supposed to react to this. but i don't think he has a plan for changing or moving knit a different way. >> contempt for the press. they called james rowsen a criminal for doing his job as a
. rand paul was set to declare the midterm for a referendum, not just on the president, but on hillary clinton, a point echoed by pundits, as well. >> hillary and bill clinton, they're all over the place. bill clinton was campaigning all over for candidates, as well. >> and it didn't work. the clintons couldn't help this democratic party, and particularly in states where the margin was toesupposed to be mu closer. >> hillary clinton and bill clinton, only because they were out there and barack obama wasn't? >> so front page story in the "new york times," the midterms were good for hillary clinton, according to her loyalists dedicate to buying the spin? >> it's tough to argue that it's good for her. it remain toes be seen what will happen in the next two years. i think for certain the war on women has become more of a problem than it would have been, less easily deployed. and i think rand paul to his credit gave a hashtag to this idea that she was part of what
was to blame. and the media takes notice of that. it's already packaged for them. so i think that was powerful. >> it seems to me that you could say yes, run against a republican senate as well as a house. there are things you can say. but when you're close to loyalist, you don't see well, the other side says this, that appeals to me a little on that. >> it could be a little on balance. you feel like the people have spoken, what did the hillary people say in response to the people? the thing i want to point out is the people that turned out for this election, we're not going to vote for hillary, anyway. when they turned out in 2016, they're not going to be the people that elect hillary her problem is is she going to be able to turn out the people that obama turned out. that remain toes be seen. >> i think there's a game in journalism where because hillary was out there campaigning for candidates, she's going to save allison grimes? this is how the republican governor association. i don't think he had much to do with the gop governors who won.
we all pretend these endorsements are important. >> i'm not sure the voters care, but i do think it's sort of fair in politics that if you're in charge of the rga, you get rid for that. if you're out on the trail and you're a giant force, as the clintons are, then yeah, you get a little blame out there. andrea mitchell said, because obama is not out there and they are? exactly. >> clinton makes choices about resources. hillary wasn't directing campaign in the gop funds or anything. >> christy made four trins in maryland. the obamas were in maryland continually and he got some help from clinton. there were cars going up and down my street with the bull horps on the top saying, make history again with michelle obama's voice. i thought -- it's what lyndon johnson did in the hill country in 1956 to get elected. these guys are serious. >> as a journalistic matter, you
want to report on people who are big names that come to your state. anthony brown, he has no national attention, by the way, because of those polls. he got clobbered. >> he was a terrible candidate, number one. he ran a terrible campaign. he wouldn't come and do a debate in baltimore. he didn't. they had an empty chair in the democratic primary for him. terrible candidate. but larry hogan was not a politician. he was not very well known. and having christie there, i think because of his lack of political background, helped him more than it might help someone else. >> brown was point man on the spectacularly failed maryland health care exchange. >> right. maybe this year not being a politician was a good thing. mary catherine, david, thank you so much for joining us this sunday. ahead on "media buzz," jon stewart apologizes for a pretty dumb joke. and up next, ed henry on pressing the president over whether he really got the message of the midterms.
the morning after the midterms, president obama told reporters he would spend more time with republicans. the president got this question. >> i haven't heard you say a specific thing during this news conference that you would do differently. it's almost like you're doubling down on the same policies and approach you've had for six years. so my question is, why not pull a page from the clinton playbook and admit you have to make a much more dramatic shift in force for these last two years. >> ed, what i'd like to do is to hear from the republicans, to find out what it is that they want like to see happen. >> i spoke with ed henry at the white house. >> welcome. >> during the president's news
conference, you accused him of doubling down on the same approach and policies because you felt that he hadn't eaten sufficient crow? >> no. it was more that it was the obvious question. first of all, he started by saying he missed you. and i think he meant the whole press corps, not just me. he missed me a little, maybe, but i think it was one of those you haven't been around for a while. it had been a long time since he had a news conference. what i like to do is i like to go with three, four, questions in my pocket. >> how do you get away with that, by the way? >> no, i don't mean to ask. i have three or four in my pocket. you don't know if you're going to get called on second. if it's second, you're clearly going to have to ask about the election. if it's ninth or ten one might ask about ebola or some side issue. in this case, i think i went sixth, it was right in the middle. and i'll give wolf blitzer credit. he once told me when i was
covering the obama administration, he said listen to all the questions and answers. a lot of correspondents don't do that. they go with questions on paper and the president may say a gaffe or something else. i haven't heard you say this conference and essentially you wanted him to give a greater acknowledgement of the part that his party has got shellacked. >> i think that stood the test of time. for the last few days, it's been widespread commentary that the president basically did not acknowledge that he lost. i was trying to make the case that somehow his policies had won. democrats took a drubbing, even democrats acknowledged they took a drubbing. look at the numbers. it's simple math. but he wouldn't have gotten out. i know you're half joking when you say, he didn't eat sufficient enough crow. he also came back at me and said, well, you just want me to fire people or something like that. no, i was asking about his leadership. i don't think there should be a
ritualistic firing game, i agree with the president on that, just fire someone? >> you think there should be a shake up been. >> i think that's an easy pundit thing. 2006, donald rumsfeld got fired, it wasn't just a personnel change. that was a change in iraq. >> the war. >> the war broke for vice president -- the other day, politico said obama is fed up, he is resentful, he has a bad mind-set, he has resignation of being trapped in a system that's broken and that he cannot fix it. what does that say to you that some of these sources are telling reporters? >> i think they're trying to get his view out there and his view in part is he's taking a beating over weeks about nobody wants him out on the campaign trail. you didn't have to wait for that politico story. he has himself on the record weeks ago when he gave that
speech and then he did an al sharpton interview where he said they've all been runners from me, but they've been big supporters in my pocket. the president wanted to say, you guys have been with me and after this election, i'm going to pick up the piece pes but is this orchestrated, or is it possible the aides themselves are frustrated? >> well, some of it has been -- more in the sense that i think they're trying to figure out where do we go from here and they're trying to say, look, it wasn't all about him. it was about some bad candidates in some of these individual races and it was the math was bad. arkansas, north carolina are states that he won. >> peter in the "new york times" says he privately complains, he doesn't feel repudiated. are you getting the same kind of stuff? >> that he doesn't feel repudiated? >> yeah. look, again, i think some of the best we can do is listen to what
the president says. >> the president stood up there for 73 minutes saying i heard the one-third who voted against me but i heard the two-thirds who didn't vote at all and basically saying they didn't vote because they were protesting the republicans. i think he was saying it out loud. >> after that, i needed some kentucky bourbon. thank you very much. good to see you. coming up, former cbs reporter sharyl attkisson on her clashes with the obama administration and why her network stopped airing her investigator pieces. matt lauer versus chris christie on the subject of heckling. kurtz.
her investigator report, especially on obama administration scandals. then she found her office and home computers the target of sophisticated hackers. she joins me now here in studio 1. welcome. cbs initially aired your stories on fast and furious, on benghazi. then the appetite dried up. why do you think that happened? >> it's hard to know what conversations are made at the higher level, but yes, i didn't seek out benghazi. i wasn't covering that story initially. nor was i covering healthcare.gov. initially, they were very receptive. they wanted me to go after what i could find out, actual good information. then, as i describe in the book, at some point it seems the light switch goes off. when you're getting a lot of switchbacks in the white house, the surrogate media starts to jump in and criticize -- >> could it be, that you got really wrapped up with these stories and the audience was
tired of them? >> i suppose that will be one way to look at it. but i was constantly told when i would post the stories, if they weren't make a broadcast and i posted them on the web, they were wildly popular. and i think we were serving viewers who were looking for that sort of reporting. and i can't coincide a loss of viewer interest with their lack of interest and wanting to run this story. that happened rather suddenly. >> you're very explicit in saying when scott pelli became the anchor, he would initially praise some of your stories and then -- >> well, they would never run. it was a very difficult phenomenon to get ahold of. the first story i offered them, i thought a great investigation approved by the legal department and the producer i had worked on it with thought it was a terrific piece. >> then you go through this where he writing process? >> right. in the beginning. i call it death by a thousand cuts, rewriting and soft.ing and
changing. this story did go after this important powers that be. so you're left to wonder why in the end it was rescheduled and never aired. i don't know why. i can only tell you that that is what happened. and you say some other veteran reporters began to ask not to appear on the cbs evening news. >> yes. so there was pretty well known disagreements with this new air when scott pelly came in as managing editor and his executive producer. there was a lot of discontent and sort of a consensus of a variety of different problems, not just the idea of political bias. yes, at least two reporters i know of tried to negotiate contracts where they wouldn't have to he appear on the evening news because it was so disruptive to try to deal with their script ideaes and what they were doing with the story. >> let's talk about what happened with "60 minutes." the day after the benghazi attacks with president obama. and that sounded like -- or some
of that interview ended up not being used. after the second 2012 debate, it became a big issue whether or not the president had or had not referred to benghazi attacks as terrorist attacks. let's take a quick look at the sound bites that didn't initially make air. >> do you believe that this was a terrorist attack? >> well, it's too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved. but, obviously, it was an attack on americans. >> what did you do when you found out about that exchange after the debate and everybody in america and journalism was debating and had said? >> let me say that that exchange should have been pulled out immediately after the debate, which would have been very newsy at the time. it was exclusive to cbs. it would have to me proven romney's point against obama. but that clip was kept secret. i was covering benghazi, nobody told me we had it and directed me from the evening news to a different credit of the same interview to give the impression that the president had done the
opposite. and it was only right before the election that somebody kind of leaked out the transcript to others of us as cbs and we were really shocked. we saw that was something very unethical done to have kept that up. >> you say people at the network were misleading the public. were they in this instance and perhaps others testing president obama? >> the evening news people who had access to that transcript, according to the e-mails that i saw when it was sent from "60 minutes" so "evening news" the very day it was taken. they, in my view, skipped over it, passed it up, kept it secret. and i think that was because they were trying to defend the president and they thought that would be harmful to him. >> since you have written this book and it's gotten a lot of publicity, there has been an effort with some of elements in the media to peg you as a right winger who is opposed to the obama administration and that's what's motivating you. your thoughts?
>> if you look at the factual agenda, you see many stories, many that have been going after republican targets, i guess you would say, including several that won national emmy awards, went after republicans for issues under the bush administration. so i'll just say briefly, if i could look at the factual record rather than looking at the second and third-hand information, it be lies that narrative. >> given you've done different types of stories and a emmy award winning career, does this tick you off? >> it doesn't make me happy. it's not pleasant, but did reaction the usual suspects are giving him, a narrative is well foretold. you can go to page 343 on the book and i start a discussion about what would come when i was saying things publicly and how it was narrated and what the narrative would be. >> in a moment, stay put, what really happened with the computer hacking and why that
>> you also say in the book that classified documents were found o computer by one of these consultants and you certainly didn't put them there. your detractors saying, oh, you sound paranoid. >> people want to disregard anything they can hear because it would be true. especially if they think in light of what we know about the public, what's happened to the public surveillance and private citizens and journalists. they're free to disregard all of that evidence. i can't convince people otherwise if their minds are made up. the forensics exams show what they show. some of that has been confirmed in the press because cbs issued a statement about the remote intrusion. that was one of the forensic exams. there's really nothing i can do about that.
>> we can put that off of computer delays that took place while you were behind your computer, critics saying, well, that's a malfunction, it's not an actual hacking. >> i can't see why people that don't have the forensic exams and the expertise would conclude something like that. but what i think is interesting is people that don't ask the same questions of the experts who are willing to go on the record with conclusions based on almost no information that they're aiming at me with the same kind of skepticism. i will tell you that is what i call a lot of misreporting, a visual anecdote. there was a forensics exam and i became aware of some of the capabilities that they had. i didn't know that someone would operate your computer almost as if they were sitting there, they could do this remotely and that they had installed that capability in my computer. i guess with that in mind, when this happened, and knowing from
experts the wipe, not what was showing on the screen, but the hyper speed wiping that occurred in the first couple of seconds cannot be duplicated by a back space key being held down. >> basically, you have a lot of experts who haven't seen these computers. >> arm chair experts who i don't think know more than my own forensic team. >> now, you told the huffington post as interpreting this as you're backing off. >> no. what i said is i have a human source who has told me who is responsible and i believe that to be true. i'm not using that name because i have a human source i'm protecting and i'm taking my attorney's advice. secondly, a forensic exam which indicates a government connection does not tell me who is sitting at the computer, who is the actual guy or guys typing in and hacking. and i've never claimed to know that. so those wrb i think, separate issues but they're related. >> and being in the spotlight
and being the subject of some of these attacks change your view in media on public events and digging into investigative stories, and now you're the story. does that change the way this operates? >> not much. this is what is discussed in the book. some of this had already occurred, even though i had fully and well reported on republican controversies and bush administration controversies. as soon as i did start digging into and getting assigned to obama controversies, the meadace was already sort of turning against that. there were surrogates operating in the press and it's highly effective in some of these propaganda campaigns. >> does it seem to suggest that you think in media there are -- acceptable to those on the left more so than on the right? >> and i think we've seen that in the way they pick up second and third-hand information and reports and i'm verifying them as if they can't possibly be wrong and keep a warranted skepticism on any word that ority.out of the mouths of those
i think that's backwards. i think we should be questioning authority instead of all the effort being put into questioning those who question the authority, which i think is going on now. >> all right, sharyl attkisson, thank you very much for being here. next on "media buzz," jon stewart goes too far, makes a rare apology. chris christie makes the television rounds and gets hackeled himself. video verdict is up next.
also asked about his smackdown of a jersey hecklers. >> until that time, sit down and shut up. >> are you going to have to control that side of your personality to be seen as presidential outside of new jersey politics. >> first of all, you're assuming i wasn't the controlled. i sat and took it for a while. and then other people, the hundreds of people that were there, deserved to hear what we had to say that day. that person had had their say. it was time for them to sit down. i'm not going to change. this is who i am. >> do you have to hide that side of your personality outside of new jersey? >> there's no hope in that. >> matt lauer wasn't confrontational. gave christie plenty of chance to respond. maybe the media are making too much of this one exchange. all right. john stewart is out promoting a movie he just directed.
he said something he wished he could have back. watch. >> i was on cnn and i said this -- >> did you vote? >> no. >> no. >> no, i just moved. >> i did vote today. i did know -- i was being flipped and it kind of took off. i want to apologize because i shouldn't have been flip about that. i wasn't clear enough that i was kidding and it sent a message that i didn't think voting was important. that was stupid. >> i'm going to agree with john stewart. i don't understand why he thought it was a good idea to joke about not voting, but here's a stand up guy. he went on his show, he said he was sorry right in front of his fans. that's the way you do it when you screw up. still to come, your top tweets. a likely presidential candidate leaves the fox payroll and the
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operating room and having him perform one of your brain surgeries? >> i don't think so. i think what is required for leadership is wisdom. >> and fox news ended carson's contract on friday just as he was about to air a paid hour-long bio. this was a smart move by fox. a guy more or less running for president shouldn't be on a network payroll. which means they face that decision about mike huckabee. fbi chief has admitted one of his agents impersonated an associate press reporter. this was back in 2007 when they forged a fake ap story as a way of tracking him down. the ap calls this unacceptable and i have to agree. the problem is that it creates distrust and possible risks for actual reporters doing the actual job. here are a few of your top
tweets. george mitchel, a form of confirmation bias. most reporters loathe the outcome. did they miss it? no, they tried to influence against it and denied it when it became inevitable. this one, i think everyone was caught off guard. they fell in love with statistic l modelers. this one, humans choose to not see what they don't want to see. there's perhaps no greater kick than being made fun of by saturday night live. the real fox anchor was quick to offer her take. >> here now with her side of the story, the woman who lived through it in maine. >> hi megyn. by the way that's caci, i don't care if i have ebola.
>> it's crazy to see you're parodied after growing up watching that program. mistake was pretty good although i think her voice needs to be a little deeper and something else on her should be a little smaller. >> only megyn would take that observation. once you've ascended into the snl sketchers, you've got to be able to laugh it off. that's it for this edition of "media buzz." we hope you'll like our facebook page where we answer your questions, we post videos. we're back here next sunday with the latest buzz. >> it is monday november 10th. as we are go to honor our veterans the new head of the va facing tough questions. >> how many employees do you think should be fired based on
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